Shepard Smith Fired
Smith joined CNBC in 2020 after working for Fox News for many years. Then, in 2019, he abruptly left the latter channel, surprising both the television news industry and his coworkers. His job at CNBC was to host a straightforward general news show. While he increased the channel’s ratings at 7 p.m., more than doubling the previous hour’s audience, the channel never approached the numbers of the big three cable news channels: Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN. The final episode of The News With Shepard Smith will air later in November. Its replacement will premiere in early 2023, but no title or anchors have been announced.
What Happened To Shepard Smith On CNBC?
“The News set out on a bold mission of providing non-partisan, fact-based reporting on the most important stories of the day in the U.S. and around the world,” CNBC president KC Sullivan wrote in a memo to staff Thursday (read it in full below). “The quality journalism Shep and his team delivered each weeknight was exemplary and not lost on us or our 7 p.m. audience. The News increased CNBC’s 7 p.m. viewership average and attracted the most affluent audience of any primetime cable news program. At a time when misinformation and disinformation are rampant, The News succeeded in providing audiences with the clearest understanding of the facts.”
Is CNBC Shepard Smith Show Cancelled?
CNBC has long sought a way to keep its daytime audience interested after the financial markets close, airing talk shows and unscripted series such as The Profit and Shark Tank repeats. American Greed, a 15-season-long docuseries, has been the most consistent feature of CNBC’s primetime lineup.
The evening program that will replace “The News With Shepard Smith” will be part of an effort to “prioritize and focus on our core strengths of business news and personal finance,” Sullivan wrote. “This is key in our efforts to continue building on our position as the number one global business news brand and to connect with new audiences interested in their financial future.” However, sources emphasized that this is not a cost-cutting move.
Where Is Shepard Smith?
David Shepard Smith Jr. is an American broadcast journalist who works as the chief general news anchor for NBC News and CNBC and hosts The News with Shepard Smith. This daily evening newscast debuted in late September 2020. Smith is best known for his 23-year tenure as the chief anchor and managing editor of the breaking news division at Fox News Channel, which he joined in 1996. While at Fox News, Smith hosted several shows, including Fox Report, Studio B, and Shepard Smith Reporting.
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